J. J. Cale: 1938-2013

Born in Oklahoma and raised in Tulsa, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist  J. J. Cale died last week at the age of 74.

NPR's Dan Bobkoff writes, "His music took the edges off honky-tonk and blues, dressed them in a smoking jacket and ascot, and made them smooth."  You can hear Cale's smoking jacket and ascot adorned combination of blues, country, and rock on these cds:

The Definitive Collection

Naturally

The Road to Escondido

Roll On 

To Tulsa and Back

The Very Best of J. J. Cale

You can see him perform at a number of venues, including Cain's Ballroom, on the dvd To Tulsa and Back: On Tour with J. J. Cale.

And, you can read more about Cale and his work in these other library resources:

1000 Great Guitarists

All Music Guide to the Blues: The Experts' Guide to the Best Blues Recordings 

The Billboard Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues

Biography in Context

Encyclopedia of Rock Stars

Legends in Their Own Time

New York Times: 1851-2009

The Penguin Encyclopedia of Popular Music

The Rock Who's Who

Songwriters:  A Biographical Dictionary with Discographies 

 

 

 

 

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